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Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)  (Source:
The new bill would help NASA budget its funding over the long term

Two House Representatives are creating a NASA reform bill in an effort to help the agency with funding and long-term projects.
Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) have joined forces to propose the new NASA reform bill. The bill aims to help NASA budget its funding over longer periods of time and also eliminate the politics that affect long-term projects.
Money is a huge factor in determining what NASA can and cannot do. Last October, the space agency urged Congress to provide $850 million in full for commercial crew vehicle development after NASA's space shuttle fleet was retired. This was necessary so that the U.S. wouldn't have to depend on Russia for a flight to the International Space Station (ISS), which is expected to increase to about $63 million per set by 2015. 
The new bill wants to place funding on a multi-year cycle rather than just an annual cycle. This will allow NASA to budget its funding over a longer period of time, rather than have to beg for more money each year in order to finish a project. NASA will know exactly how much it has ahead of time, and will be able to allot the total amount more efficiently. 
Aside from money, politics has become an issue for NASA. The Obama administration ended the Constellation Program rather quickly after $10 billion had already been spent on what was meant to put the U.S. back into space after the retirement of the space shuttle fleet. 
The reform bill's attempt to not only create a fixed, long-term budget, but also appoint a NASA administrator to a 10-year term, will make NASA a well-oiled machine for a longer period of time and help progress the U.S.' space program without any intrusion from politics or begging to Congress. 

Source: Examiner

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RE: Real sad state of affairs
By Schadenfroh on 8/14/2012 9:15:05 PM , Rating: 0
It will become much easier to rationalize once you realize that NASA is a public relations front for the Army / Air Force.

Think it is a coincidence that Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and BAE Systems are the contractors behind that rover and just happen to be the worlds 3 largest arms companies?

Think that rover on Mars uses technology developed just for space exploration? It was lifted into space by a rocket that uses techniques / technology originally designed for ballistics missiles. The "hardened" electronics are based on "hardened" military electronics. The sensors are derived from sensors developed for espionage / surveillance by DoD & pals.

NASA benefits greatly from "trickle down" military projects, as do you.

RE: Real sad state of affairs
By Stiggalicious on 8/15/2012 9:15:42 AM , Rating: 1
This times a million.

Companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rockwell Collins, etc. all trickle their technologies down to the civilian space from military/government funding. See those nice 787 planes with their carbon-fiber bodies, fancy electronics, efficient engines, and complex radio equipment? Most of that technology is a result of the DoD budget.

Most of these companies are obligated to hire US citizens for any defense contract job (i.e. almost all jobs). You want limited outsourcing? The best way is to hire US citizens, and that's exactly what these companies do.

Technologies like nuclear power, the Internet, wireless communications like UWB and satellite TV, have all been started and funded by the DoD.

RE: Real sad state of affairs
By Reclaimer77 on 8/15/2012 11:53:09 AM , Rating: 2
"Trickle down" is a 4 letter word to Marxists like the OP though.

RE: Real sad state of affairs
By Jeffk464 on 8/15/2012 4:41:17 PM , Rating: 2
Trickle down theory is the theory behind Mexico's economy. The rich have everything. There is no money to educate the population or provide basic services. It works fantastic.

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